Love: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

3.63 avg rating
( 131 ratings by Goodreads )
)  
9780199663842: Love: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Although there are many kinds of love, erotic love has been celebrated in art and poetry as life's most rewarding and exalting experience, worth living and dying for and bringing out the best in ourselves. And yet it has excused, and even been thought to justify, the most reprehensible crimes. Why should this be? This Very Short Introduction explores this and other puzzling questions. Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences - neuroscience, evolutionary and social psychology, and anthropology - tell us about love?

Many of the answers we give to such questions are determined not so much by the facts of human nature as by the ideology of love. Ronald de Sousa considers some of the many paradoxes raised by love, looking at the different kinds of love - affections, affiliation, philia, storage, agape, but focusses on eros, or romantic love. He considers whether our conventional beliefs about love and sex are deeply irrational and argues that alternative conceptions of love and sex, although hard to formulate and live by, may be worth striving for.

ABOUT THE SERIES:
The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Ronald de Sousa is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has taught at University of Toronto, Canada since 1966. He is the author of The Rationality of Emotion (MIT 1987) , Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind (OUP 2007, 2011), and Emotional Truth (OUP 2011). He has also published over a hundred articles and book chapters, and taught and lectured in some twenty countries. His research interests have been mainly in areas of philosophy that seek to understand the mind: emotion, evolutionary theory, cognitive science, aesthetics, ethics, and sex.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ronald De Sousa
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Although there are many kinds of love, erotic love has been celebrated in art and poetry as life's most rewarding and exalting experience, worth living and dying for and bringing out the best in ourselves. And yet it has excused, and even been thought to justify, the most reprehensible crimes. Why should this be? This Very Short Introduction explores this and other puzzling questions. Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral orother qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences - neuroscience, evolutionary and social psychology, and anthropology - tell us about love?Many of the answers we give to such questions are determined not so much by the facts of human nature as by the ideology of love. Ronald de Sousa considers some of the many paradoxes raised by love, looking at the different kinds of love - affections, affiliation, philia, storage, agape, but focusses on eros, or romantic love. He considers whether our conventional beliefs about love and sex are deeply irrational and argues that alternative conceptions of love and sex, althoughhard to formulate and live by, may be worth striving for. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Seller Inventory # AOP9780199663842

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.28
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

De Sousa, Ronald
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
PublisherOverstocks
(Taunton, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 533ZZZ00IM35_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

De Sousa, Ronald
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 52ZZZZ00E0C0_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.58
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Ronald De Sousa
Published by Oxford University Press, United Kingdom (2015)
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Although there are many kinds of love, erotic love has been celebrated in art and poetry as life's most rewarding and exalting experience, worth living and dying for and bringing out the best in ourselves. And yet it has excused, and even been thought to justify, the most reprehensible crimes. Why should this be? This Very Short Introduction explores this and other puzzling questions. Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral orother qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences - neuroscience, evolutionary and social psychology, and anthropology - tell us about love?Many of the answers we give to such questions are determined not so much by the facts of human nature as by the ideology of love. Ronald de Sousa considers some of the many paradoxes raised by love, looking at the different kinds of love - affections, affiliation, philia, storage, agape, but focusses on eros, or romantic love. He considers whether our conventional beliefs about love and sex are deeply irrational and argues that alternative conceptions of love and sex, althoughhard to formulate and live by, may be worth striving for. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. Seller Inventory # BZE9780199663842

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.87
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

De Sousa, Ronald
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 52YZZZ00FHGG_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

De Sousa, Ronald
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 532ZZZ00E0HF_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.07
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

de Sousa, Ronald
Published by Oxford University Press (2015)
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
booksXpress
(Freehold, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2015. Paperback. Condition: new. Seller Inventory # 9780199663842

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.22
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

De Sousa, Ronald
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 531ZZZ00E0GI_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.64
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Sousa Ronald de
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Although there are many kinds of love, erotic love has been celebrated in art and poetry as life's most rewarding and exalting experience, worth living and dying for and bringing out the b.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 152 pages. 0.124. Seller Inventory # 9780199663842

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.41
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Ronald De Sousa (author)
Published by OUP Oxford 2015-01-08, Oxford (2015)
ISBN 10: 019966384X ISBN 13: 9780199663842
New paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)

Book Description OUP Oxford 2015-01-08, Oxford, 2015. paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 9780199663842

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.86
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 6.26
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book